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and speaker john boehner drawing different lines in the sand. will they break the stalemate? and if they don't -- that's coming up. >> greta: late today, david petraeus abruptly resigning after admitting to an extra-marital affair with his biographer. that's bad. but it gets worse. the resignation just days before general petraeus was set to testify at congressional hearings. coincidence? >> good evening, how are you? >> greta: i'm very well. congress pan, the affair, i mean, for the most part, i am trying to separate this out. it is a matter for general petraeus and his wife. but there is -- there is some parts of it that do have an implication. one is whether or not it's a security breach and that it should have been picked up and turned over to the house intel commits and whether or not that could be used as blackmail against him. your thought, sir? >> well, even someone as lowly as an assistant u.s. attorney has to undergo a background check with very invasive questions and you are expected to tell the truth and you are asked under penalty of perjury. so you can increase that expoinentia
'am. >> greta: straight ahead, president obama versus the speaker of the house, john boehner, digging in their heels on avoiding the fiscal cliff. time is running out. the latest is next. another bush family member is getting ready to run for political office. which one is it? start guessing. that's coming up. ♪ [ male announcer ] how could switchgrass in argentina, change engineering in dubai, aluminum production in south africa, and the aerospace industry in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing. >> well, it didn't take long, talk of compromise, post postelection, turning into stalemate. john boehner and barack obama not budging as we rapidly approach the fiscal cliff. >> 2013 should be the year we begin to solve our debt through tax reform and entitlement reform. i a
overdue. >> is speaker of the house john boehner caving to president obama's second term agenda? just three days after the election? and did he insult the tea party? >> we don't have a tea party caucus to speak of in the house. >> a leader of that movement will be here to respond. >> i have invited leaders of both parties to the white house next week so we can start to build consensus around the challenges that we can only solve together. >> the fiscal cliff showdown heating up will democrats and republicans find common ground? we'll have a special report. >> nobody is surprised, right, that people are already starting to talk about the next republic ticket. marco rubleio, i think, has planned a trip to iowa. >> laura: it's already starting. rising g.o.p. star marco rubio's trip to iowa fueling 2016 speculation. mike huck huckabee with analysis. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone and the factor begins right now. _ hi, everyone, i'm laura ingraham in for bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. we'll have the talking points memo in the next segment. but, first, our
a big deal or grand bargain with the republic speaker john boehner. during election year we haven't heard any of that because they were fighting so much. now the president saying how he wants a deal. speaker boehner all recent days been saying all the right things. it's interesting that today the president didn't really move an inch toward the republicans and speaker boehner had some comments that suggested he is not ready to move towards the president. take a listen thrrvettle are ways to put revenue on the table without increasing tax rates. we have talked about this now for over a year. you could -- there is all kinds of information and data out there. but, getting into the specifics of that at this point would not be conducive to trying to come to an agreement with the white house. >> so the bottom line is that neither side has -- president at his news conference today or john boehner in his conference have gotten into the tough specifics about what's going to happen to taxes, what's going to happen in terms of spending cuts to try to get a big debt cut maybe up to $4 trillion
to the two of you, i've never been more hopeful about this problem getting resolved. john boehner made conciliatory comments last week and the president made conciliatory-- >> i think ben was saying on the tax issues raising on the rich, debate how much he's going to raise that. he said he wouldn't bend. >> go ahead. >> but that's not the only issue and that's not the only way to solve the problem. so, they will come together and have the solution in the next few weeks. >> boy, i'm glad somebody's optimistic about this, i'm not sure i am. >> i am. >> what i hear people-- >> what do you fear happen? >> there's an unholy alliance of the left saying let's go over the fiscal cliff and libertarians saying let's go over the fiscal cliff. >> neil: and you pick up the pieces under the new year that you want, is that it? >> i think that's pretty much what people think, but the reality is, we'll lose 2 million jobs at a time we can little afford it. the economy will go into recession if it's not already there. and that's a cost we can't afford it pay. >> neil: but you could make a political argu
and house speaker john boehner are advocating compromise, yet sticking to their guns on taxes. again, chief white house correspondent ed henry. >> even as president obama suggested the campaign is over by inviting congressional leaders to white house for fiscal cliff negotiations next week -- >> it is time to get back to work. >> he left the impression the campaign continues as the white house invited 200 supporters to the east room. for what republicans dismissed as a rally. >> we can't just cut our way to prosperity. if we're serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue. that means asking the wealthiest americans to pay a little more in taxes. >> the president's first public comment since election night came less than two hours after house speaker john boehner said yet again today he is ready to deal. >> this is an opportunity for the president to lead. this is his moment. the president claimed one for his plan. the spending cut mixed with tax increases. >> i want to point out this was a central question in the election. on tuesday night, we found out
the time we have. greta's next. >> greta: tonight, speaker of the house, john boehner reaches out to president obama. what does president obama do? he makes travel plans to leave the country. go figure am meanwhile, we are dangerously close to the edge of the fiscal cliff. >> folks, what is going to happen in the next four years fobama is true to form, that's the problem here. the mechanism for recovery is isn't going to be there. >> raising taxes on small business people is the wrong prescription, given where our economy is. >> is it on the table to talk about it -- the wealthier americans -- >> i made it clear yesterday, raising tax rates is unacceptable and it couldn't even pass the house. >> i would like a real republican party to am come back because the democrats need to have their feet held to the fire, also. but you need to have -- [overlapping dialogue] >> you can't have crazies running a party. on both sides. >> by the way, california is where we are head audio california is almost, folks, a microcosm of where the country is headed. >> i mean if they are balkanized out t
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cuts on those who make under $250,000 and it's on speaker john boehner at this point to simply pass the senate bill and if nothing is done it's on speaker john boehner not on the president, whether or not the tax cuts expire on january 1. >> but at the end of the day, it will be the american people that are hurt. yes, there is a bill in the senate, and yes, boehner could pass it, but he says that he does not want to raise taxes and the congressional budget office says, kelly, if we do what the republicans want us to do it will increase economic growth by 1.5%. if we do what president obama wants us to do and what she just mentioned, it would raise economic growth by 1.25%, so it's more than just tax cuts, it's more than just tax increases, we have to actually reform entitlement programs. there's a lot that needs to be done before january 1st. >> kelly: what say you about this? is angela right, 1.5%, i understand it could be as high as 1.7% if they find agreement. >> number one thing we need to focus on, while the country elected the same congress and everyone is taking their old pos
. >> paul: house speaker john boehner extends an olive branch, how much will they branch, how much will they giveif we want to improve our schools... ... what should we invest in? maybe new buildings? what about updated equipment? they can help, but recent research shows... ... nothing transforms schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. >> the american welcome have spoken and they've reelected president obama and reelected a majority in the house of representatives. a mandate for us to find a way to work together on the solutions to the challenges that we all face as a nation. >> that's house speaker john boehner vowing to work with president obama on the challenges facing the nation the first the fiscal cliff, a toxic combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts especially in defense that could take effect january 1st. so, we pointed out in the last segment, republicans held the house with minimal losses despite a big democratic year. can boeh
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working across the aisle. yesterday john boehner said he would work. and harry reid mentioned he likes to dance but can fight. >> the american people have spoke yen they reelected president obama and again a republican majority in the house of representatives and there is a man date in yesterday's results it is a man date for us to work together on the solutions and challenges that we face as a nation. >> the american people us to work together . i know how to fight and i know how to dance. i don't dance as well as i fight but i would rather dance any time. the way to get things done to work at this time. we need republicans to help us. i repeat to have the leader of the republicans in the senate say his number one goal to defeat obama and that's how we legislated. >> steve: that was two days ago. come on and smell the poll results. say we hold a majority in the house of representative and so we have a man date as well >> gretchen: this is what the american people are so tired of. listening to the back and forth and back and forth and nothing gets done. nothing gets done. if you want m
the pipeline. mapped door budget cuts kick in in 54 days. house speaker john boehner says it is time for the president to lead. here he is is talking about that. >> mr. president, this is your moment. we're ready to be lead, not as democrats or republicans but americans. we want you to lead, not as a liberal or conservative but as president of the united states of america. we want you to succeed. bill: stuart varney, anchor of "varney & company", fox business network. the issues on the table are the same issues as monday. we want you to succeed by the way. what did you hear or what are you hearing based on the statements out of the washington now? >> three statements to listen to very carefully. speaker boehner, senate majority leader harry reid, and the big union boss, richard trumka. if you add them all together, tell you exactly what they said in a moment, add them all together the outlines of a deal would look like this. this is on the fiscal cliff. the outlines would possibly look like this. raise taxes, certainly raise tax revenues right now, beginning next year. promise to cut
alone. and election results are barely dry and john boehner and president obama buting heads. key disagreements are whether taxes should be raised on wealthy americans. neither seem willing to compromise on that. >> and a pair of college basketball was cancelled because the floor was not in ship shop. florida left georgia in half time. there was so much condeization on the floor the game was cancelled. >> and over the next few weeks, top republicans are taking a closer look at what went wrong in the election cycle and how to fix it they are talking to donors and house majority leader john boehner said there is no tea party to speak of anymore. does the republican party need to change the image joining us now is shawn and amy. welcome to the woth of - both of you. i know it is it a disappointing week that you are reacting tompt there is it a lot of soul senching going on saying that the republican party need toz get a grip and take a look at where it missed the mark in the past election, shawn, a lot of the folks are upset that the republican party did not factor in the real vibe w
to tackle the impending fiscal cliff but the president and the speaker of the house john boehner each drawing lines that they say they will not cross. the major hurdles, that threat to send the economy into a tailspin, that's coming up next. >>> plus a nascar race turning into a full-scale brawl. look at this. mayhem breaking out of the everybody going at it. we'll tell you what set it off. after this. ve lately. but because of business people like you, things are beginning to get rolling. and regions is here to help. making it easier with the expertise and service to keep those wheels turning. from business loans to cash management, we want to be your partner moving forward. so switch to regions. and let's get going. together. jenna: well come back, everyone. now let's return to the economy. the president and house speaker john boehner are suggesting they are willing to compromise to prevent our economy from going over that so-called fiscal cliff but both sides are digging in their heels whether or not to race tax rates for the wealthy. rich edson of the fox business network watching
on the next 2-4 years or 2-4 weeks. john boehner says he's willing to work with the president to solve the problems facing us now. >> the president knows he and i have worked together. the election is over. now it's time to get to work. bill: governor, how you doing? i haven't heard you comment since the election. it's an honor to have you back. what's going on here. boehner is a deal maker. i'm the easiest guy in the world to get along with. >> john boehner and mitch mcconnell are professionals when it comes to understanding the art of the deal. we didn't win the elections, didn't get the senate. we have to accept the hand that's been dealt to us. if you don't get to take something off the table unless you put something on the table unless you have got a gun. we don't have a gun. we didn't get that in the election. so what we have got to understand and i'm hoping members of congress will follow the leader and members of the senate will follow their leader. you can't have every republican member of congress and member of the senate trying to create a side deal. that's disaster in the m
directly to the american people and sell his case. john boehner said this is his moment. his opportunity to leave. shannon: i would like to play a little bit more about what john boehner has said. and then i would like to play more about what brett said about this. but first, what john boehner said to diane sawyer. >> raising taxes is the wrong prescription. >> raising tax rates is unacceptable. frankly, it could not even pass the house. shannon: bret baier is the anchor of special reporting. what is your reaction? we understand that the president will invite congressional leaders over. >> we will also probably here from his senior adviser, david plouffe. the one thing that is interesting, if you look at the polls on the question of income tax rates, you have 47% that want to increase for those about 250,000. no increase for anyone tax increases, and 13%, increases for all. 47% 1,250,000 or above and 48% don't raise them at all or reason for everyone. so, you know, if you look at the exit polls, there is not really a definitive answer there. the republicans are going to say this is not t
that obammal triangulate, moderate? >> i agree. >> sean: i am looking at john boehner tonight. i am thinking, he was the headline on abc world news, boehner exclusive, raising taxes, new revenue on the table. why is he caving when obama is the one who needs this deal more than anybody? why is he caving before it starts? >> he is caving because he knows there has to be a deal. the market was down 4 50 points in two days? >> that's the pressure on obama. >> but after an election that you lose, the american people want conciliation. center-right country doesn't mean-- >>> we there to go. >> i don't think we lost the election. we held the congress. >> same thing. >> sean: all of this process, we are in the same boat we were in before. >> $300 billion-- >>> $6 trillion in new obama debt. harry reid took his victory lap and delivered some disturbing remarks, he has ideas about limiting republicans' ability to oppose democratic initiatives in the senate. are we looking at serious abuse of power? will he be successful? will republicans hold the line? that's all coming up. how can you get back pain r
president barak obama and house speaker john boehner have both vowed that they will not let this happen. but is that even possible given today's decisive political climate? before we get into the discussion, let's first listen to what both men had to say. >> this is an opportunity for the president to lead. this is his moment. >> i'm committed to solving our fiscal challenges, but i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. >> arthel: let's talk about it now. matt is the former white house political director under president george w. bush. alexis is the executive director for the american values institute. good to see both of you. >> great to be here. >> arthel: very good. so let's say that each of you is going to broker this deal. tell me the concessions you would make and what would be the deal breakers. i'm going to go with you first, matt. >> okay. so i'm in the seat of power. i guess if i'm a republican, i want to make sure that if i'm going to negotiate a deal that i've got real concessions in terms of getting a comprehensive tax reform bill and we've got real concessions
of the house john boehner who will remain the most powerful in washington another two years think voters instead wants to compromise. >> the american people have spoken. they re-elected president obama and they again re-elected a public majority in the house of representatives. there's a mandate for us to find a way to work together on the solutions to the challenges that we all face as a nation. >> the democratic leader of the senate harry reid also expressed a desire to xroe mis-- compromi. now americans know they can't defeat obama now they need to put attention on meeting somewhere in the middle on important issues. >> this is a message american people sent from all over. that is they are tired of these partisan grid locks. they are tired of things like well i have one goal to meet be obama. that's gone. obama was re-elected overwhe overwhelmi overwhelmingly. american people want us to work together. >> we will find out soon if there will be compromise like both of the leaders that they both said because we are less than two months away from the fiscal cliff. long-term unemployment b
,000 a year to pay more in taxes. house speaker john boehner says tax cuts are unacceptable. >> i remain optimistic we will be able to find common ground, find a way to work together. the leblgs is over. we have to get to work. >>> the congressional budgity office issuing a warning. if a compromise is not reached by the end of the year the economy could slip back into a recession. >>> law americas might not get the answers they are looking for after all about the deadly benghazi terror attacks. congressional hearings will be closed to the public. fox news learned some of the suspects in the attack were part of an egyptian terrorist group. the network made up of violent extremists is trying to develop ties with al qaeda. >> jared laughner will be spending the rest of his life behind bars. he killed 6 people and wounded 15 others including debbie gifford. he sentenced him to 7 consecutive life terms plus 140 years. gifford and her husband were in court. you may have put a bullet in her head but you have not put a dent in her spirit. >> outrage about the power outages. 60,000 people still i
. >> that was speaker of the house, john boehner, talking about the looming fiscal cliche. republicans are ready to sit down at the table with president obam a. but is he prepared to compromise? listen to when he had to say earlier today. >> i want to be clear. i am not wedded to every dedale tail of my plan. i am open to compromise. i am not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me making over $250,000 are not asked to pay a dime more in taxes. i am not going to do that. i want to point out, this was a central question during the election. it was debated over and over again. and on tuesday night, we found out that the majority of americans agree with my approach. and that includes democrat independents and a lot of republicans, throughout the country, as well as independent economists and budget experts. that's how you reduce the deficit. a balanced approach. so our job is to get a majority in congress to reflect the will of the american people. >> joining me with reaction are the author of who is the fairest of them all, steve moo
? john boehner indicated, revenue is possible, but we're not raising tax rates. where is there compromise? >> i think where there's going to be a compromise on taxes, this be would be a good thing on the economy, might exchange lower tax rates in return for a reduction in all the loopholes that as it is distort economic activity. so if boehner were able to achieve that kind of compromise, that's one that the republicans could be pleased with. the bush tax cuts are gone, they're expiring, and the president said that 250,000 below, he wants that extended, but for those making more than 250, will the bush tax cuts come to an end? >> i don't think so. i think actually the they won't come to an end because the democrats don't want major reduction in spending, if you hit the cliff, the spending would go down and politicians love to spend money. an extension of the bush tax cuts, less we're blessed by the relatively few, jeff baso, the late steve jobs, you want to remove the barriers to their production, not raise them. >> mike: john, we're not going over this cliff, are we. >> there's no way we
john boehner offered a compromise in week in which he says i am willing to put more revenue on to the table but with through closing deductions end gd loopholes not through raising rates. can you accept a compromise as part of the whole deal that doesn't raise the push tax rate on the wealthy? >> how much revenue are we going to generate as part of a balanced package. in their framework they assume the amount of revenue as if we started tax reform from a 39 percent rate. that is part of their built in assumption. i am all for doing tax reform. the issue is from what starting point. i think the bowl starting point which assumies that revenue fro 39 percent is the right way to go to get the mix they got in hitting their deficit reduction target. if what speaker boehner was saying he was truly willing to get office ready we begin to work with one another. if what he is simply saying is what republicans used to say which is we are going to lower rate on the wealthy and that will somehow generate -- >> he was talking about closing loopholes and deductions. >> the jury is out stil
that in place we are removing half of the fiscal cliff. >> speaker john boehner offered what he considers a balanced approach generating the revenue from tax reform and entitlement reform. late today, boehner said the president's position is flawed. >> we are not going to hurt our economy an make job creation more difficult. which is exactly what that plan would do. >> letter sent by the u.s. chamber of commerce and signed by 232 organizations calls on the president and congress to immediately extend all the tax cuts and find other cuts to replace sequestration. the president suggested taking a closer look at reforming entitlements without offing details and says he would like to simplify the tax code. mr. obama says he wants congress to act now to extend tax cut for middle class and try to avoid boxing himself in on upcoming negotiation. >> i'm open to come plo mize and new ideas. i have been encouraged for republicans to agree to more revenue as part of the arithmetic if we are serious to reduce deficit. >> the top republican in senate who is a key player in upcoming talks says raising
obama sits down with can john boehner to help save our country from recession. how does that go. >> raising tax rates is unacceptable and frankly couldn't pass the house. >> so will they be able to compromise and how will they do this? your second amendment rightts at risk. what the president just signed that has many people worried. >> steve: we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] when was the last time something made your jaw drop? campbell's has 24 new soups that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. to volunteer to help those in need. when a twinge of back pain surprises him. morning starts in high spirits but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lines grow longer, his pain continues to linger. but after a long day of helping others, he gets some helpful advice. just two aleve have the strength to keep back pain away all day. today, jason chose aleve. just two pills for all day pain relief. try aleve d for strong, all day long sinus and headache re
monday. jon: brand new stories and breaking news. president obama and house speaker john boehner speaking today about what is needed to avoid a potential economic crisis in january. >>> an ohio teen sentenced in a deadly plot to lure victims with phony job offers on craig's list. >>> silent killers of superstorm sandy d the threat of carbon monoxide exposure, dangers from downed power lines and contaminated water. it is all "happening now." jon: iran uping the stakes with the standoff over the west on its nuclear program. a good friday morning to you. i'm jon scott. >> i'm jamie colby. good to have you here. i'm in for jenna lee today. talk about happening now, there is lot happening this hour. let's start with this. iranian warplanes opening fire an unarmed u.s. drone? the pentagon said it was flying over the gulf. that international waters. fortunately the drone was not damaged. jon: all this as the you know announce as fresh round of new diplomatic talks with iran next month. national security correspondent jennifer griffin live at the pentagon with more on this. this happened
to recognize, look, john boehner is put on the table this notion of revenues and we think you can get that through growth. we think that you can get that through reforming the tax code. gregg: right. >> but we --. gregg: so you're telling me and the president and white house are just bluffing say, no deal on rates? >> well we've heard this. we heard he will get out of guantanamo. he would cut the deficit in half. all these sorts of things are declarations. but when it comes down to it i think the president does sign an extension because it is the smart move. look, the pathway to move forward is to reform the tax code. where there is such a high level of dissatisfaction, the opportunity is for the president to bring people together around the dissatisfaction and come up with a new, more competitive tax code. gregg: come january, here's what is going to happen. i want to put this up on the screen for our viewers. 158 million americans will be affected. after an average tax hike of $3500. that means that 88% of the households are going to be seeing their taxes go up. as you know, the cbo
democrats and republicans stop it all. house speaker john boehner wants a deal on spending cuts. president obama says that is not enough. >> if we're serious about reducing the deficit we have to combine cuts with revenue. >> joining us is jonathan strong. even if tax rates went up on the wealthiest households earning more than $250,000 a year the president, as the president demands, this would actually do almost nothing to reduce the deficit. i look at the joint tax committee report of conscious saying it would reduce the deficit only by 7%. that is 7% out of $1.1 trillion. in many ways is the president's solution more of an illusion? >> he is trying to sell this as a matter of fairness. he seems to be making progress politically on that front. you have a good point. another good question, there isn't any theory this would help the economy. the estimates are it would hurt this the economy. is now the right time for that? people are still hurting out there. >> gregg: the president is claiming, you heard him say this -- he has a mandate for raising taxes. i'll quote him. he said on tuesday
in the evening last night into the early hours of this morning the president started dialing up john boehner, the house speaker on the republic side. harry reid the democrat. leaders in both parties to try to say look, let's get this conversation started, shep. >> shepard: ed, the campaign seemed very confident in this outcome is it saying anything about what might have surprised the campaign. >> what they are saying is they couldn't believe the margin of victory in colorado. a the love these battle grounds decided by a point or two. there you had a margin of 5 points. 51.2 to 46.5 for the president there are third party candidates in there like gary johnson who got the difference beyond mitt rom anymore. the other big surprise his campaign aides say is that the president was getting these returns in at the fairmont hotel with his family. staffers like david axelrod were planning to with be with him. they thought this race wasn't going to be called in the middle of the night. all of a sudden fox and others started calling it. they had to go in there starting congratulating him. they could no
to pall and all john boehner, every year the republicans have been in the majority in the house in this administration, the house has passed a budget -- both times. the senate -- the majority leader won't even bring it up. and the republicans bring up obama's budget to -- as an amendment to force the democrats' hand. but if the president leads, i happen to believe the president must be telling the democrat leader, don't do it. if the president starts telling him now, we are going to try to really get something done, i assume the democratic leader will do what the president says. >> caller: i am not here to defend why the president didn't do t. all of these budgets twould have been so simple. he's the leader of the party. if the holdup is harry reid, a democrat, couldn't he just call senator harry reid and say, let's get a budget and do it now. we hear now that he is telling governor christie's going to answer the phone in 15 minutes, we can't get a budget in 3 years. >> have you a very good point. maybe it's like mr. medvedev, now that the election's over, maybe he will take a d
't been willing to do that. we will see. i thought john boehner said it right, we are inviting you to lead. >> greta: the thing that cannot be ignored is that we are a year past, when we knew the committee or limp a year -- almost a year past. and if leadership is what was needed and if you sign that to president obama, he hasn't done that. we are pushed up a -- against a deadline with very serious decisions. do you think the house and the senate and the president will resolve this by january 1? or are they going to kick it down the road again? >> congress has a long history of preferring to kick the can down the road. there is no question about that. however, this is a much more serious thing that they have come up against than i have ever seen before, in terms of the budget and then the fiscal cliff. what do i think will happen? hopefully, they will agree on a framework. you are not going to do tax reform in the next 6 or 8 weeks. you are not going to do entitlement reform in the next 6 or 8 weeks. i think what we should hope for, that they get serious together, see a path and say, okay,
speaker john boehner say they are ready to work together to keep the country from plunging off the so-called fiscal cliff. economists say the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in at the end of the year could trigger another recession and higher unemployment. the president saying he has invited leaders of both parties to the white house next week to try to work out a deal. but he and the speaker still are sticking to their guns when it comes to it raising taxes on the richest americans. >> i'm not going to ask students and seniors and middle class families to pay down the entire deficit while people, like me, making over $250,000 aren't asked to pay a dime more in taxes. >> the problem with raising tax rates on the wealthiest americans is that more than half of them are small business owners. raising tax rates will slow down our ability to create the jobs that everyone says they want. >> harris: the white house says the president will veto any bill that extends tax cuts on incomes of more than $200,000. it is deja vu all over again, rich edson. he joins us from fox
. >> chris: let's talk about taxes that got most of the attention. congressman van hollen, john boehner offered a compromise this week where he said yes, i am willing to put more revenue on the table but through closing deductions, ending loopholes, not through raising rates. can you accept a compromise as part of this whole deal that doesn't raise the bush tax rate on the wealthy? >> well, here is the issue. how much revenue are we going to generate part of a balanced package? i take my lead on this from simpson-bowles and their framework. in their framework, they assume the amount of revenue as if you started tax reform from a 3% rate. that is part -- 39% rate. that's part of their built-in assumption. i am all for doing tax reform. the issue is from what starting point. the simpson-bowles starting point which assumes the revenue from 39% is the right way to go to get the mix that they got in hitting their deficit reduction target. but look, if what the speaker boehner was saying is that he is truly willing to get what we consider congressional budget office revenue, we can work with
obama and house speaker john boehner pledging to work together this time around with the threat of the fiscal cliff just months away. is it just talk or are they actually going to find common ground before it is too late? we'll talk about that. >>> plus the deadly disease that can be predicted by visible signs of aging. we'll talk about that with a doctor coming up. >>> armed motor thieves racing through a busy mall. how about that? the jewelry store heist caught on tape. it's all "happening now.". jenna: hi, everybody. great to have you with us today. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. lots to get too today. we want to get started what is going on in the northeast. mother nature package powerful punch hitting an area still recovering from superstorm sandy d a strong nor'easter dumping freezing rain and snow on new york and new jersey. this winery mix coming at the worst possible time with hundreds of thousands of people still waiting for electricity to be restored after sandy. no power means no heat as temperatures plunge. steve centanni is live in new jersey. steve? >> reporte
: it is curious, the coverage seems to presuppose the only person that got re-elected was the president when john boehner and all the others got re-elected, as well? >> if you still believe in hope and change, it's amazing that the american people elected the same configuration which is basically a check and balance system that is going to make it hard to do anything no matter by what margin obama won. >> jon: how does the yeid cover the next four years? you have obamacare finally being implemented. economy is still in the doldrums. what is going to be the headline? >> i think it will be focused on the intransigence of the house. not moving to meet obama in the middle. >> i totally agree with that. i would also add as of friday, there was a website that was showing major corporations from boeing to bristol-myers and many others beginning to lay off substantial number of workers. will that be bliapd on obamacare? i don't think so. >> another thing looking ahead, sharon waxman from the "new york times" who runs a website. this is hollywood's victory. they won on gay marriage. they won on marijuana,
's possible with john boehner saying okay, we will get rid of some deductions that rich people enjoy that the president is now going to have his bluff called. i think is he going to get some tax increases on rich people, will he actually reform the entitlement spending? >> you are in charge, what is the compromise? >> well, i think the big part of the compromise, boehner has to get is the spending cuts have to happen now. people talk about this sequester and government spending might get cut. most of it is in the future. he has got to get in the hundreds of billions in year one to say we are actually turning this ship. >> james freeman from the "wall street journal" thanks for coming in with your expertise on. this thanks. good to be here. >> your tax dollars going to pay for sex change operations? what? we'll tell you where this just has been given the green light. >> then, it's been two weeks since super storm sandy and thousands of people are still in the dark this morning. they have been left freezing over these past weeks. so where is the help? our own brian kilmeade is going to
tax increases one way or another. bill: do you think that flies in the u.s. house? does john boehner have the votes to match that? >> the white house figures he will portray himself as the chapel yofnt middle class and the republicans are going out for the rift and he feels he can largely beat hem into submission. when they sit down to the bargaining table they might make some changes but he will want to come out of these negotiations as having largely won them and leaving scraps for the republicans. what the republicans have to hit back with is the way you increase revenues is by having rising incomes. you don't get that by higher taxes on a weakening economy. bill: the president plans to open the talks using his most recent budget proposal. wasn't that the budget that got zero votes in the senate? >> he's going to exploit it for all it's worth. you could come to an agreement using bowles and simpson and reducing rates so everyone declares victory. you have got more revenue but the rates don't go up. but i don't think the president is interested in that. if you had normal people doi
of them is obamacare, as john boehner put it the other way, it's the law of the land. that means that businesses are going to be laying people off. that means that over eight million americans who are part time are going to continue to work part time until we see a real resurgence in this economy, certainly. because it's just not economical for the employer to move ahead. it's cheaper for them, in fact, to pay a $2,000 fine. imagine this, to pay $2,000 for an employee they didn't hire who they've hired and not put them on an employee-sponsored insurance plan. this is the exact reversefect of what we had, you know, been told would occur. but we should be used to that, because so much of the -- so many of the consequences have not been intended because they were never thought out by this congress, the previous congress. and we're looking at people saying it's partisanship. let me give you an example of why that's pure bull, shannon, many i fay. shannon: please do. >> one of the companies laying off people is a company called stryker, one of the medical device makers, one of the big
as the middle class does not get hurt. house speaker john boehner seems optimistic about these negotiations. >> we can all imagine a scenario where we go off the fiscal cliff. if, if despite the election, if despite the dangers of going over the fiscal cliff and what that means for our economy that there's too much stubbornness in congress that we can't even agree on giving middle class family as tax cut, then, middle class families will all end up having a big tax hike. >> there are no barriers here to sitting down and beginning to work through this process. i don't think anyone on either side of the aisle underestimates the difficulty that faces us. but i do think that the spirit of cooperation that you have seen over the last week from myself and my team, from democrats across the aisle, from the president, have created an atmosphere where i think that, i'm, remain optimistic. i was born with a glass half-full. if i hadn't been i sure wouldn't be here. jon: so let's get to it. how close are we to the edge of that fiscal cliff? marjorie clifton, a former consultant to the obama campaign a
. a lot of people, john boehner came out and said, we open the door, he's willing to work on the grand bargain. bob woodward wrote a whole book about this and how far that boehner was willing to go and not telling his top surrogates how far he was willing to go, meaning raising taxes. did i -- i didn't hear one republican house member running on the idea of race raising taxes or a grand bargain. what would the response be from ann coulter? [chuckles] >> i don't think republicans are that stupid, although pat caddell is always calling us the stupid party. running as democrat-lite is not going to work. i will give-- >>> what if he goes along with simpson-bowles for the good of the country because we are headed to tax-magedon. >> simpson-bowles would be better than anything obama can come up with. we may not like it. >> sean: they always say there will be tax reform. all tax reform is sneaky way of raising taxes. that's what it will be. >> which produces less revenue to the government. no, republicans in congress, look, they have to hold the line, not give the store away. what they should
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